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BluegrassPreps.com 13th Region Week 2 Review and Rankings

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1. South Laurel (5-0)

Who would have though the Cardinals would be perched atop the rankings after two weeks of play? 
South Laurel captured the Toyota Classic this past week by defeating West Jessamine (57-45), Scott County (65-63), and Frederick Douglas (53-46).
Things don’t get any easier this week with a road contest against North Laurel on Monday then a road contest against Harlan County on Tuesday.
2. North Laurel (3-1)
The Jaguars moved up two spots after cruising past Corbin, 81-50. North Laurel won by 31 points despite seeing junior star Reed Sheppard score only nine points due to battling foul trouble the entire game. Junior Ryan Davidson finished with a 21-point, 20-rebound effort against the Redhounds.
North Laurel has a tough week ahead with a matchup against South Laurel tonight while they’ll be participating in the King of the Bluegrass Tournament beginning at the end of the week.
3. Knox Central (3-1)
The three-time defending region champs took one on the chin during Saturday’s WYMT Mountain Classic title game.
Knox Central opened tournament play with a 65-57 win over Breathitt County before falling in the title game to Perry Central, 72-52.
Jevonte Turner leads the team with a 22.0 scoring average while Gavin Chadwell is averaging a double-double (12.0, 10.0).
4. Williamsburg (5-0)
The Yellow Jackets stunned everyone in the 13th Region when they handed Harlan County a 74-72 loss on Friday.
Micah Steely continues to shine, averaging 22.5 points per game and 9.2 rebounds per game. Keep an eye on seventh grader Evan Ellis. He continues to shine, averaging 10.8 points per game. 
5. Harlan County (3-1)
The Black Bears started the week with a huge 78-56 win over Corbin but then dropped a 74-72 overtime decision on the road to Williamsburg.
The loss to the Yellow Jackets was  shocking one to say the least.
Harlan will look to get back on track with games against South Laurel and Bell County coming up.
Harlan County is led by Trent Noah’s 26.2, 11.0 scoring and rebounding averages.
6. Harlan (2-1)
The Green Dragons posted a 2-1 mark in last week’s WYMT Classic. Harlan defeated host Knott Central, 43-39, before losing to Eventual champion Perry Central, 55-54. They finished the tournament with a 76-70 win.
7. Bell County (3-0)
Should the Bobcats be ranked higher? It’s tough to say right now. I’ve got to see how they do against formidable teams. Their three wins this season have been against Wellsprings Guardians and White Academy.
Things do get tougher with Friday’s home district matchup against Harlan County.
8. Corbin (2-2)
The Redhounds had a rough week, losing to both Harlan County and North Laurel by a combined score of 159-106. The did sandwich a win in between games by defeating Garrard County.
I still wouldn’t be alarmed with Corbin’s slow start. Coach Tony Pietrowski always had his Redhounds ready by postseason play.
9. Lynn Camp (3-1)
I honestly believe the Wildcats are underrated at the nine-spot. This could very well be the best Lynn Camp team in program history.
The one thing that’s holding them back is their schedule. They need to toughen it up just a bit, so folks can gauge just how good they are.
The trio of Micah Engle (27.2), Gavin Allen (13.0, 10.2) and Maison Prater (12.8) make the Wildcats a dangerous team. And you can forget about the play of Duane Sparks (10.2) either.
10. Whitley County (3-0)
The Colonels had a whirlwind of a week. It began with the surprise announcement of former coach Mark White being relieved of his services and the following day Whitley County remained unbeaten by defeating Hazard, 75-71.
The Colonels have four players averaging in double figures, including leading scorer Brayden Mahan’s 16.7 scoring average.
Best of the Rest
11. Barbourville (2-0)
12. Clay County (1-1)
13. Jackson County (4-1)
14. Oneida Baptist (3-3)
15. (Tie) Pineville (4-2) 
15. (Tie) Middlesboro (2-2)
17. Red Bird (1-6)
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